Rio 2016 — Record Number of Countries in a Record Number of Sports

2016_Summer_Olympics_logo.svgRio 2016, a major international multi-sport event in the tradition of the Olympic Games due to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. Record numbers of countries are participating in a record number of sports.More than 10,500 athletes from 206 National Olympic Committees (NOCs), including first time entrants Kosovo and South Sudan, are scheduled to take part. With 306 sets of medals, the games will feature 28 Olympic sports — including rugby sevens and golf, which were added by the International Olympic Committee in 2009. These sporting events will take place at 33 venues in the host city and at 5 venues in the cities of São Paulo (Brazil’s largest city), Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Brasília (Brazil’s capital), and Manaus.

These will be the first Summer Olympic Games under the IOC presidency of Thomas Bach.The host city of Rio de Janeiro was announced at the 121st IOC Session held in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 2 October 2009. Rio will become the first South American city to host the Summer Olympics.


The 2016 Summer Olympic program features 28 sports and a total of 41 disciplines and 306 events. They are listed below (with the number of participating countries in parenthesis) :


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